Christopher Phillips: What we know about the man arrested in Ottawa

Police arrested Christopher Phillips, an American citizen, in Ottawa's Chimo Hotel this morning after an overnight investigation into a chemical scare. Here's what we know about Phillips, who is linked to an investigation that began in Cole Harbour, N.S., Tuesday.

Phillips, ex-biochemical weapons specialist, arrested after Ottawa hotel evacuation

Christopher Phillips, who lives in the Halifax area, was arrested and held on a Canada-wide warrant after a chemical scare at an Ottawa hotel. (Facebook)

Police arrested Christopher Phillips, an American citizen, at Ottawa's Chimo Hotel this morning after an overnight investigation into a chemical scare. 

Here's what we know about Phillips, who is linked to an investigation that began in Cole Harbour, N.S., on Tuesday. 

From various police forces: 

  • Police were tipped off after receiving a call from his wife. 
  • Police sources say Phillips was living in the Halifax area and drove to Ottawa in a van.
  • He's a former U.S. military weapons specialist with possible mental health issues, according to an RCMP-issued internal communication.
  • At the time of his arrest, Phillips was allegedly in possession of the precious metals osmium and osmium tetroxide, according to the same RCMP memo. Osmium textroxide is a highly poisonous and volatile substance that can easily penetrate the skin and should not be used without a fume hood.
  • Ottawa police say they are holding Phillips on a Canada-wide warrant issued relating to charges in Nova Scotia.

From Phillips's LinkedIn profile:

  • Holds a bachelor of science in chemistry and biology degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
  • Studied medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
  • Did his ophthalmology residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
  • Received a cornea and refractive surgical fellowship from the Boston University School of Medicine.
  • Studied medical and business law at Suffolk University Law School.

Other information:

  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons in Nova Scotia says there is no Christopher Phillips licensed to practise medicine in the province.
  • Phillips was married to U.S. Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast Shannon Miller from 1999-2006, according to multiple news sources.

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